Folk Era has been responsible for unearthing a number of live tapes from key folk revival figures, including the Shaw Brothers, Travis Edmonson, and the Limeliters. These tapes serve a dual purpose: expanding knowledge of the revival and offering new recordings for folk fans to enjoy. The San Francisco Tapes: Second Set captures Glenn Yarbrough in his prime, a couple years after his departure from the Limeliters. He's in great voice and offers nice takes on classics like "The Honey Wind Blows" and "Baby the Rain Must Fall." There's a wacky rearrangement of "Frankie and Johnnie" and a nice bluesy take on "Good Time Music." "San Francisco Bay Blues" proves an apt set-closer for a show taking place at The Hungry I. Some will question the release of The San Francisco Tapes: Second Set when there's a great deal of song overlap with The San Francisco Tapes: First Set. The idea -- to respect the integrity and flow of the original performance -- makes sense. Live recordings of similar songs are always a bit different and besides, these tapes represent a golden era in folk music. The album's arrangements include electric guitar, drums, and lots of piano, and the liner notes provide a nice historical backdrop. The San Francisco Tapes: Second Set brings back a singular moment in folk music history and will be warmly appreciated by revival fans.
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AllMusic Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.